Grateful Dead Live at Dream Bowl on 1969-02-21
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Good Morning Little School Girl, Doin' That Rag, Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: Morning Dew
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Versions - Different performances of the song by the same artist
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Covers - Performances of a song with the same name by different artists
|Good Morning Little Schoolgirl|
|Doin' That Rag|
|Dark Star ->|
|St. Stephen ->|
|The Eleven ->|
|Turn On Your Lovelight|
- Dat (Sony R500) -> Tascam SS-R05 -> Adobe Audition v3.0 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2 -> FLAC
- Vallejo, CA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Dream Bowl
Subject: reaching for the golden ring
Jerry takes a little break near the first quarter of The Eleven. Some kind of cigarette? Fixing a string maybe? He seems to be struggling to find the notes conistently. The chorus comes off well and from that point on (around 11:00) things start to scorch. Jerry stares at the sun around 13:30 and squeezes a couple dozen triplets out of this guitar at maximum speed. He flips a switch and and the tone is edgier until the band descends into that beautiful minor key outro and, truly, it's one of the best ever finishes (10-12-68 at the Avalon still my personal fave), particularly the drumming.
You can hear Phil at the beginning of Lovelight: "Let's make it a good one!" The first instro break starting around 3:20 or so is lovely ... not a barn-burner but lengthy with lots of great ideas and the band is right behind Jerry. Pig's rap is more or less subsumed by the jamming, he sounds tired or maybe a bit stoned, and ultimately this so-so version belongs to his bandmates (you'll note that the audience is not complaining!).
The Morning Dew is one for the ages. This one will grab you by the booboo.
Subject: The Eleven
Subject: The Best. Yes, this one.
And it is kind of cool that there are three different songs on this show that could conceivably qualify as best song and best version, depending on your personal preference.
But, the winner is The Eleven. Pure freaking improvisational bliss the entire 20 minutes: It is supreme.
So yeah, you *know* it's all great, but do actively sit down with it and give Jerry's guitar-language your undivided attention.
Aside from Phil(?) screaming, most amusingly, "MOTHERF*CKER!!!!!!!" at the closing of Doin' That Rag, there *is* one track on here that absolutely takes the golden candle of distinction, and that's Morning Dew. Listen to how it just comes crashing in on Mickey's gong, a device he uses throughout the opus - it creates an incredible atmosphere.
Subject: Eye Opening
I also find it a bit sad, because Garcia's playing here is so impressive that it really drives home the extent to which his skills deteriorated over the years. The stuff he does here in The Eleven, for instance; even on his best nights in the last "peak" period of 89-91, he didn't come close to playing with the kind of speed, precision and fluidity he displayed here.
And after much repeated listening, I've decided that this Eleven trumps the night after - it is absolutely spellbinding from start to finish. There have been none like it before or since, and I will not argue with those who consider it to be the greatest of all time. The transition into Lovelight is flawless.
The rest of this show is fantastic also. GREAT Dark Star, and a stunning Morning Dew encore
Subject: After a slow start,
Subject: A great place to stop and see!!
Subject: Doin that rag motherfucker!!!!
Nice quality for a show of this age too.
Subject: my opinion
Just as on the other version there are numerous little anomalies. Relative to the best recordings available from this time frame it ranks very average, about 2.5 stars out of 5.
The issue has to be the source material. I've never had my headphones plugged into a playback of a master reel but it seems like some are better quality than others.
Nice Dark Star this night btw.
Subject: Doin' That Rag, Motherfucker!!!!!
As the other reviewers stated, this is a much better sounding copy of an excellent show.Charlie Miller works his magic yet again.
Every song is fantastic but the 11 stands out for me for being completely epic.
It's well deserved! These Dream Bowl shows are important performances. The sound quality of much of what circulates from January/February 1969 is compromised. A very welcome and very significant upgrade. Thanks Charlie! (97 pts)